Katarzyna or Kasia for short was born in Poland. She was 19 years old when the Berlin wall fell. She witnessed the rising of the solidarity movement, war in 1981 and was present at the funeral of Fr. Popieluszko who was killed by government police because he encouraged the people to pray for peace and truth. It was these and other experiences such as: hidden youth camps, catechesis in the underground rooms of the parishes, underground theaters, poetry and songs, etc. that her faith became stronger. She met a Verbum Dei missionary when she was studying theology in Poland and was invited to go to Spain for a retreat. She was deeply moved by the preaching, which transmitted to her the face of the living God. She was searching for contemplation, simplicity, missionary zeal, a living experience of God and community; and there she found it. She is currently living in Chicago.
Jeanette is originally from Singapore and it was there that she met the community. She deeply enjoys the ministries of pastoral care, spiritual accompaniment as well as retreat-work. She is currently a campus minister at UCLA and lives in Longbeach.
Zulma was born in Mexico, but has been living in California now for almost 30 years. As soon as she met the Verbum Dei community, she knew she wanted to be a missionary. As she came closer to God in prayer, she began to discover life in a new way and that she desired to share her life with God and others. She strongly believes that through prayer, everyone can discover who God is in their lives, who they are for God and for the world.
Alyssa is originally from Omaha, Nebraska but grew up mostly in Visalia, California. She met the Verbum Dei community during her nursing studies at the University of San Francisco. She was attracted to the depth of prayer and authenticity of relationship with God and others that she saw in the Verbum Dei missionaries. Her passion is to help each person discover and live out his or her deepest identity and vocation.
Dana was born in Czechoslovakia but after the split of her country, her nationality shrunk to Slovakian. Her Grandmother taught her a secret of life: “Keep your heart wide open for giving and receiving, the world is full of God. ” And that is what she followed. She spent some time in the UK as part of her studies and it was there that she met the Verbum Dei Community. After a time of discernment she decided to join the community. She is currently living in Daly City.
Terri was born in Ohio, USA. Her father is from Puerto Rico and her mother is from Spain. She experienced God’s call when she was young, and she is still excited by the adventure of following Jesus. She is convinced that he is the way, truth and life for everybody, everywhere. She grew up bilingual and discovered in the Bay Area an incredible richness of culture and diversity. She continues enjoying her ministry where she works mostly with Hispanic people. She is currently living in San Francisco.
Pilar is originally from Spain, and has lived and worked as a missionary in the UK, Italy, Taiwan and Spain. Her greatest joy is to share with others that God is alive and is present in our lives. She is very happy to be living and ministering here in the USA, especially to the Chinese Catholics. She is currently living in San Francisco.
Laryn is originally from Pittsburg PA. She moved to the Bay Area in 2013 and her intention was to become a medical artist, however God interrupted and redirected everything. After a time of discernment, she desired to be a Verbum Dei missionary to help others dream with God of the huge possibilities of their lives.
Bella is originally from Guatemala and has been a missionary for 23 years. She gives thanks continually to God for being able to be a witness of grace in the lives of the people that have been entrusted to her. She has experienced time and time again how the living experience of the Word gives answer to the situations that people are living and helps us to enter into a close relationship with God. Each day she is more convinced of her vocation to consecrate herself fully to the ministry of the Word of God. She is currently living in San Francisco.
Sara is originally from Southampton, UK. When she was studying to become a physiotherapist, she met the Verbum Dei missionaries and began participating in their activities especially those connected with music. A few years later, she spent some time living with the Verbum Dei community in the Philippines. It was there that she felt her deepest desire to dedicate her life to God and to the ministry of the Verbum Dei as an answer to the injustices she saw in the world. She currently works mainly in young adult ministry in the Bay Area. She is currently living in Daly City.
Karla grew up in Millbrae, a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area, and spent her summers with her family in Guadalajara and Tequila, Mexico. She was exposed to contrasting economic and culturally diverse contexts both in the USA and in Mexico. In 1993 she met the Verbum Dei Missionaries as a teenager. Instead of pursuing a politics-related career to battle structural injustice, in 1995 she enthusiastically asked the founder of the Verbum Dei to allow her to dedicate herself to prayer and preaching of God’s Word just as he did. Hearing that she first needed to complete high school prior to joining the institute was a great disappointment!! She is currently studying her doctorate in canon law and living in Sacramento.
Graciela was born and raised in Durango, Dgo, Mexico. She is the oldest of 7 children and immigrated with her family in 1984 at 15 years old. She met the Verbum Dei community in 1992 and since day one felt so connected with the Word of God. She told God at 26 years of age after a deep personal experience of God’s love. “Count on me, I hope to be on time, to bring your message to so many people that ignore how much they are loved, and which results in so many broken families because of this search for love.” She has experienced that in every place she has been, she has witnessed the transformation that the Word of God provokes in the heart of the people, independent of their nationality. She is currently living in Sacramento.